Lucky Penny Productions
"The Little Theatre Company That Could"

"Sweeney todd: the demon barber of fleet street" image
October 21-November 6, 2022

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck changes when Todd develops a thirst for blood and provides her with an unending supply of fresh ingredients for her meat pies. Sweeney Todd became a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards in 1979. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world for 40 years. (This production was one week from opening when the pandemic shut us down. Sweeney never gave up – we won’t either.)

Ian Elliott as Sweeney Todd
Taylor Bartolucci as Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Ethan Thomas as Anthony Hope
Jenny Veilleux as the Beggar Womans
David Murphy as Judge Turpin
Sean O'Brien as Beadle Bamford
Kirstin Pieschke as Johanna
Tuolumne Bunter as Tobias Ragg
Jeremy Kreamer as Adolfo Pirelli
The Company: Kathi Brotemarkle, Alex Corey, Beth Ellen Ethridge, Brad Fisher, Marjory Harper, ALan Kafton, Sarah Lundstrom, Emma Sutherland, Caitlin Waite​​​​CREATIVE TEAM

Director and Choreographer: Staci Arriaga
Music Director: Craig Burdette
Scenic Designer: The Ensemble
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume Designer: Barbara McFadden
Properties and Wig Designer: Taylor Bartolucci
Stage Manager: Jeff Bristow
Assistant Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud

December 2-18, 2022

It’s back for more Christmas joy! In Napa’s high stakes wine business Alexander Yuge is a financial success but his heartless attitude earns him few friends. Even his loyal nephew Joe Patchett wonders what’s gone wrong. But a familiar yet mysterious group of Christmas Eve visitors help Yuge remember what really matters. This new holiday show for the whole family was a smash hit for Christmas 2021 and returns for another holiday season. Written by Lucky Penny co-founder Barry Martin, with original music and lyrics by Rob Broadhurst.

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Barry Martin as Alexander Yuge
Daniela Innocenti Beem as Sally Angell/Ghost of Christmas Present
Dennis O'Brien as Buddy Wise/Ghost of Christmas Past
Cecilia Brenner as Goldie Patchett/Ghost of Christmas Future
Matt Davis as Joe Patchett
Kirstin Pieschke as Mary Patchett
Dakota Dwyer as Frankie Patchett
Jill Wagoner as Vivian Mandibel-Yuge

Director: Barry Martin
Music Director: Rob Broadhurst
Scenic Designer: The Ensemble
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume Designer: Barbara McFadden
Properties Designer: Taylor Bartolucci
Stage Manager: Jeff Bristow
Assistant Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud

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December 3-18, 2022

Another new creation from Lucky Penny for Christmas! This time it’s a show made for kids.

What happens when Santa’s sleigh has a hard landing on Mt. St. Helena on Christmas Eve? Can a frantic elf get help from the people of Napa Valley to save Santa and save Christmas? “Saving Santa” features new original songs by Rob Broadhurst with a book by Barry Martin, inspired by a story idea from Taylor Bartolucci.

This will be a one-act show with a running time of around one hour, and will be presented in repertory with “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol.” Show times will be different from the usual Lucky Penny show times so please take note of this when purchasing tickets.

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Director: Barry Martin
Music Director: Rob Broadhurst
Scenic Design: Barry Martin
Lighting: April George
Properties: Taylor Bartolucci
Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud

Jenny Veilleux as Mandi
Sarah Lundstrom as Randi
Alex Gomez as Donner
Brad Fisher as Copernicus
Trey Reeves as Door Dash Dave

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January 27-February 12, 2023

It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. The four Villain Kids have a difficult choice: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney's Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!

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Emma Sutherland as Mal
Pilar Gonzales as Evie
Alex Corey as Carlos
No'Eau Kahalekulu as Jay
Sam Schneider as Ben
Atticus Fisher as Chad
Sheccid Donatt as Audrey
Trey Reeves as Doug
Harper Hughes as Jane
Andrea Dennison-Laufer as Malificent
Brad Fisher as The Beast/Jafar
Larissa Kelloway as Belle/Grimhilde
Staci Arriaga as Cruella De Vil
Leslie Sexton as Fairy Godmother
Scott Slagle as Maurice/Guard
Jeff Bristow as Royal Page/Coach
Ensemble: Tuolumne Bunter, Vincent Christianson, Alana Collins, Paxton Fisher, Evelyn Goodwin, Mallory Higgins, Marco Moschetti, Zakiya Ruff

Director: Kirstin Pieschke
Music Director: Craig Burdette/Sherrill Peterson
Scenic Designer: Kirstin Pieschke/Barry Martin
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume Designer: Ashley Hammons
Properties Designer: Taylor Bartolucci
Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud
Assistant Stage Manager: Jeff Bristow

"And the world goes 'round" image
This musical showcases the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb, Broadway legends, who brought the world the music of “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and collaborated on classics including “New York, New York” and “My Coloring Book.” Love songs, torch songs, and acerbically witty comic numbers have made this a favorite with music lovers around the world for decades.

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CAST (In alphabetical order)
Beth Ellen Ethridge
Jeremy Kremer
Barbara McFadden
Tim Setzer
Nicole Stanley
Jenny Veilleux


Director: Michael Ross
Musical Director: Ellen Patterson
Choreographer: Alexander Gomez
Scenic Designer: Michael Ross and Barry Martin
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume Designer: TBA
Properties Designer: Taylor Bartolucci

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April 21-May 7, 2023

When Henrietta Leavitt began work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she wasn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joined a group of female “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculated projects in “girl hours” and had no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempted to measure the light and distance of stars, she also took measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt was written by the Bay Area’s Lauren Gunderson, who has become America’s most produced playwright. It explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them.

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Director Dyan McBride
Stage Manager: Olivia Macloud
Scenic Designer TBA
Lighting Designer April George
Costume Designer TBA
Properties Designer Taylor Bartolucci

"the great american trailer park musical" - 10th anniversary revival image
In 2012, Lucky Penny brought this one-of-a-kind, blow-the-roof-off musical to the Napa Valley Playhouse in Napa. Now it’s time for a tenth anniversary revival starring much of the original cast! Break out your best Trailer Trash attire and get ready for the show the creators David Nehls and Betsy Kelso call “an all-American musical odyssey through agoraphobia, adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, huffing, electric chairs, flan, roadkill, toll collecting, spray cheese, guns, and disco.” The gang from Stark, Florida’s ‘Armadillo Acres’ might be even more raunchy and hilarious 10 years later. It's sure to be Napa’s adult-oriented theatre event of the year.

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Craig A. Miller as Norbert
Juliana Bradbury as Jeannie
Taylor Bartolucci as Pippi
Daniela Innocenti-Beem as Betty
Shannon Rider as Lin
Kirstin Pieschke as Pickles
Mark Bradbury as Duke

Director: Barry Martin
Music Director: Justin Pyne
Choreographer: Staci Arriaga 
Stage Manager: Jeff Bristow
Scenic Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: April George
Costume and Properties Designer: Taylor Bartolucci


Get tickets for one show or as many as you like. This page shows our Mainstage Season shows along with special one-night or short run events like comedy shows, concerts, and more. Mainstage Season tickets range from $20-$43 with discounts for Seniors and Students. Pay-What-You-Can performances are offered on Thursday nights.

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Donor support allows Lucky Penny Productions' artistic programs to thrive. Yes, it's true - we like to sing for our supper, but as a non-profit organization, our work is drastically improved when we have the support of like you! If you are already a donor, thank you! If you are not, consider joining the family of supporters by making an online contribution here.

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As Napa Valley’s Premier Theatre Company, Lucky Penny Productions creates, develops and presents professional quality theatre, and fosters educational opportunities for youth and adults in our community.

The company was founded by Taylor Bartolucci and Barry Martin in 2009. In 2015, the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center opened. Our Mainstage Season presents seven to 10 fully staged productions each year from September to June, while our Napa Academy of Performing Arts offers training for youth and adults year 'round.

Our Community Arts Center is located at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa. It contains a 99-seat black box theatre, rehearsal room, and technical and storage areas.

We are 501c3 non-profit organization.
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Lucky Penny Productions was founded in Napa in 2009. Our first performances took place in the depot of the Napa Valley Wine Train in May of that year. A few months later we began producing shows in the Napa Valley Opera House and at Dreamweavers/Napa Valley Playhouse. Along the way we developed co-productions with 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa and Spreckels Theatre Company in Rohnert Park. In January 2015 we opened the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center as the home for all our productions. 

Our Production History

 2021-2022 Season 
Disney's The Little Mermaid | Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End | A Napa Valley Christmas Carol | The Marvelous Wonderettes | The How and the Why | Bright Star

2020-2021 Season
All live-on-stage shows had to be cancelled/postponed due to pandemic. Five "Video Theatre" productions were filmed in Covid-safe ways at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center. Several of the 2021-21 shows have been rescheduled in the 2021-22 season.

2019-2020 Season
9 to 5 The Musical | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Miracle on 34th Street | Xanadu Jr. | Five Course Love |
(Remainder of season cancelled/postponed due to Pandemic)

2018-2019 Season
Into the Woods | Blithe Spirit | Scrooge in Love! | The Enchanted Bookshop | Forever Plaid | Bingo, The Winning Musical | Rapture, Blister, Burn | Cabaret

2017-18 Season
Chicago | The Crucible | Annie | 8x10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays | Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical | Scream Queens | The Miss Firecracker Contest | Hands on a Hardbody

2016-17 Season
Big River | I Wanna Be Bad | The Miracle Worker | The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical | 'Twas the Night Before Christmas | A Little Night Music | Kids Rule the 8 x 10: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays | Maple and Vine | Clue: The Musical

2015-16 Season
The Secret Garden | Gruesome Playground Injuries | Beyond Therapy | The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical | Gidion's Knot | In Love with the 8 x 10 | The Andrews Brothers | I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

2014-15 Season

Oliver | Bonnie & Clyde | 8 x 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays | Cowgirls | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Yesterday Again

2013-14 Season

Monty Python's Spamalot | An 8 x 10 Holiday: A Festival of 10 Minute Plays | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Becky Shaw

2012-13 Season

I Love You Because | 8 x 10 Festival of 10 Minute Plays | The Great American Trailer Park Musical | Funny Girl | Wonder of the World

2011-12 Season
Snowing at Delphi | A Glass of Cabaret | A Staged Reading of Two New Plays by Barry Martin

2010-11 Season
Private Eyes

2009-10 Season

Baggage | Looking | The Shape of Things | The Love List